…that’s how Katie Couric signed off the Dateline NBC 2-hour special about the end of Friends that aired tonight.
Is the end of Friends news?
If it was described as “a 2-hour infomercial about the last episode of Friends,” that would be accurate. But lending the imprimatur of NBC News to the special seems just plain wrong.
It’s not that Dateline NBC is a paragon of solid journalism — this isn’t the first time it’s been used as a veneer for NBC self-promotion — but the program is produced by the news division, and I wish that still meant something.
What’s next: “Tonight on Nightline: a very special look at My Wife and Kids” or “A 60 minutes exclusive: Life with Ray Romano… what’s it really like?”
If you missed tonight’s Dateline special, fear not: there’s another special, this time focusing on the spin-off Joey series airing on Friday, and next week there’s a very special episode on the end of Frasier.